Reading an article on the California Department of Education's Web Site. A child Garden of Standards - linking School Gardens to California Education Standards. Grades Two - Through Six.
5.4 On Page 59 , Grade Five/History-Social Sciences - In thier matrix 6. Describe the introduction of slavery into America, the response of slave families to their conditions, the ongoing struggle between proponents and opponents of slavery, and the gradual institutionalization of slavery in the South. Students understand the political, religious,social and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era. 1. Understand the influence of location and physical setting on the founding of the original 13 colonies, and identify on a map the locations of the colonies and the American nations already inhabiting these areas. Students research crops brought to America by African slaves and crops that thrived due to slave labor. Students grow cotton in the school garden.
My questions are
1. Why are all the conversations about Black people in the 13 colonies, and during slavery leading people to believe that all Blacks were slaves when infact they were not. http://www.history.org/almanack/people/african/aaintro.cfm
2. There were many other crops brought from Africa. Why was cotton chosen to be grown in the school garden?
3. Why continually allude in the school systems that Black people's history started in slavery. Why not ask the children to identify the free Black people "already inhabiting these areas" Help bridge the racial divide. Help Black students feel good about their history and their contributions, and help non black students understand Black History did not originate in Slavery. Black children have just as much and them some to be proud of as any one else living in the United States.